Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Super-Simple Way to Share Files with Friends

There are many websites, allowing you to share your files with friends as more secure, convenient, and allowing bigger sizes alternative for the email attachments. However, Up1 is probably the simplest, the fastest, and the easiest to use.

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Indeed, it is the simplest file hosting application you will find on the internet. Just drag-in the file you want to share and the application will handle it. You can share any file you want with your friends in a more secured way as the file is encrypted on the client side. The free service also integrates a "Paste" editor, a PDF viewer, and mp3/video player.

No registration or authorization is required to use the service.

Website: https://up1.ca/


Friday, December 11, 2015

Wiind - Video email as communication of the future

Technology experts claim that the email afterlife is video email. It is already introduced on several popular platform, for example, Skype video message, however, it is still far from being a mainstream approach for the personal or business communication.

And here Wiind is entering the market with its new commercial proposal, free for the users. It offers simple, easy, and straightforward way to send someone a video email from a single location. Process flow can be described in a few words: Type the person's email and Click, Record, and Send. Video's are received in an engaging .gif format that opens natively right in their inbox. Videos are viewed in great quality on any device.

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This way, you substitute currently used long and complicated process of recording the video, then uploading to another platform, and only than sending a link via email. With Wiind the entire process takes few seconds, and recipients are not only engaged, but have the ability to respond via video with just 1-click. Video clips can include text and can be sent to multiple email recipients.

The service will go live in just several days, and you can reserve your participation in a beta program now.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pushline - Free Productivity Application to Make your Life Easier…

Pushline is a free application that synchronizes notifications and badges between your smartphone and a PC or Mac Computer.

Once a while the business pressure becomes heavy. You need to get your work done, and your phone continues ringing, notifying on new calls, messages, Facebook notifications. Can that be distracting? Oh, definitely, big YES. Using Pushline, you can smartly leverage this pressure, not missing the important calls and notes, and making progress with your assignment with minimum distraction.

You will never miss a phone call or message again while using your PC, even if your phone is in another room. You do not need stop working anymore on your PC to check your smartphone. Free service at your service, with no signup or registration required!

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Remote phone control directly from your computer:
- Accept/Decline your phone calls
- Adjust the volume (Mute/Unmute)
- Locate your phone (even if it is on silent) by making it ring loud
- Sync your Contacts
- Dial a number
- Reply to/Send SMS messages

Smartphone to PC and Mac Computer integration
- Send notes to your phone and use them with your preferred apps (Whatsapp, Evernote, Telegram...)
- Open links on your PC from your smartphone
- Share your Phone's clipboard to your Computer seamlessly
- Hide your Desktop's Notifications with Privacy mode

Pushline is secure!
- Your notifications will be encrypted and safely transferred to your desktop: no data will ever be stored.

Pushline is very light on resources
- Low bandwidth consumption.
- Low battery consumption.
- Only 1MB on your device

Free, with NO ads

To enjoy the new service, you need to install the free Chrome Extension (Firefox and Desktop version are coming soon) on your computer:

Install free Android app to your smartphone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getpushline

Developers’ website: http://www.getpushline.com/



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Scientific Recognition of the Displayed Emotions

New online free service from Microsoft allows you something that could be considered a Sci-Fi just 20 years ago – it allows you to identify exact emotions, communicated by the facial expressions, in an image.

The whole operation is fast, simple, and does not require sign-in or registration. Upload images from the pics stored on your computer or through the valid URL link directly from the Web.  

Limitations:
* Image resolution ≥ 36x36 pixels and the file size < 4MB,
* Supported image formats include JPEG, PNG, GIF (the first frame), and BMP.
* The frontal and near-frontal faces have the best results.
* And the maximum returning faces is set to 64 for each image.

Developers offer disclaimer that the recognition is experimental, and is not always accurate. Well, try it for yourself and see how the results are satisfactory:

Example:

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Putin (left)
Obama (right)
Anger: 0.000414056878,
Contempt: 0.00127421063,
Disgust: 0.000110132634,
Fear: 0.000286275957,
Happiness: 0.000129807071,
Neutral: 0.7914958,
Sadness: 0.206190065,
Surprise: 0.0000996711
Anger: 0.008025278,
Contempt: 0.006246881,
Disgust: 0.062251,
Fear: 0.00243330933,
 Happiness: 0.0065650125,
Neutral: 0.58076936,
Sadness: 0.00120144116,
Surprise: 0.33250773

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Free Legal Streaming Movies on YouTube – Straight from Paramount Studios

There are several good fee-based subscription services for the music streaming, there are some free legal and semi-legal streaming web sites, and there are not too legal torrents with the movies you may download from the Web.

And now Paramount Studios has created a YouTube channel that offers viewers the chance to watch a selection of their films for free.

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Paramount Vault launched a few weeks ago, but has just started to catch on with viewers.

"The Paramount Vault showcases a collection of Paramount full-length films and clips including selections that range from black-and-white to color, comedy to horror, and everything in between," the official description of the Vault states. "Viewers are invited to explore the vast landscape of cinema's history, share their favorite films, and discover new ones through this official channel created by Paramount Pictures."

Looking through the list of movies, which are organized by genre on the YouTube channel, there are hundreds of films to choose from! Some movies have been notoriously hard to track down in the past, but you can now watch them for free whenever you want!

The current library is a great mixture of genuinely good movies, forgotten and under-looked gems, and a healthy dose of junk. Oscar nominees like Ironweed are peacefully coexist on the same channel with the hilariously disgusting The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. This is your chance to catch up with The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and American Ninja 2!

Channel address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzMVH2jEyEwXPBvyht8xQNw

Check out the Paramount Vault promotional video with more details on the free movies you can watch right here:



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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Clownfish for Skype – Free Online Translation Service… and Much More…

Clownfish is an online translator for all your messages in Skype. Now you could write in your native language and the recipient will receive the message translated to their language. However, the service is so features rich, that it can replace several other plugins for Skype, you are using already.

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Main Features:
* Build-in spell check support (OpenOffice compatible).
* Text-to-speech support for all incoming messages.
* Ability to send of predefined ASCII and emoticon drawings.
* Big list of build-in greeting wishes.
* A.I. Talking Robot can be your replacement in many cases.
* With Voice Call Recording you can silently record your conversations.
* Voice Changer with various sound effects like echo, chorus, pitch , etc.
* Music Player - make your voice calls unique by playing your favorite music as a background.
* Clownfish can be host for any Virtual Studio Technology (VST) Effect plugin.
* Encrypt Messages - now your secret data will be secured.
* Now all incoming messages can be translated to your native language.
* Broadcast message to all your friends with single click.
* Show an avatar image on every message you receive.
* Email notifications - keep track on your important conversations.
* Sound Player - add sound emotions to your voice calls.
* Voice Assistant - helper tool that converts text into speech during voice call.
* Supports more than 50 different languages.
* Easy to use and control. Direct output in Skype chat window.
* It is configurable. You could choose from several different translation services.
- Google Translate
- Microsoft Live
- Babylon Translate
- SysTran
- PROMT
- Yandex
* Select preferred output language for each person (User translation filter)
* Real-time spellcheck in almost any language (Open Office compatible dictionaries)
* Small disk and memory usage. Installation package is less than 650Kb.
* It is FREE.

Supported languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yiddish.




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

DO`ZZ - Schedule Meetings with Ease

People are busy with work, personal, and entertaining activities. How to arrange meeting schedule that works for everyone with ease and for free at the same time?

DO’ZZ may be what you need, may be not. But it worth to give a try anyway, because it is user friendly and free solution.

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Create meeting in just few steps:
* Enter meeting title.
* Set starting date and time
* Set duration
* Set exact location
* Set description
* Click “Create Meeting”

You get two links: one is the link you send to all people you want to participate, another one is administrative link if you need to change the meeting details later.

Advantages:
* Service is available in 32 languages. Right language is usually detected automatically.
* Optimized for Smartphones.
* Does not require registration or sign in –neither for you, nor for other participants.
* All attendees have opportunity to respond on the invitation (yes or no), and to leave detailed comment if needed.
* All responses can be sent to the organizer’s email if desired.
* Unconditionally free.

Website: https://dozz.io



Sunday, October 4, 2015

OnlineOCR - Free online OCR service

If you need to convert the graphic files to the text file, and do not have the necessary software utility on hand, you can always use the free online Optical Character Recognition software for the same purposes. It will help you to extract text from PDF and images (JPG, BMP, TIFF, GIF) and convert into editable Word, Excel and Text output formats, saving time and efforts.

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You can use OCR service without any software files being installed on your computer or mobile device. Recognize text and characters from PDF scanned documents (including multipage files), photographs and digital camera captured images.

Convert text and Images from your scanned PDF document into the editable DOC format. Converted documents look exactly like the original - tables, columns and graphics.

There are two operational modes, offered by the developers: Guest Mode and Standard Mode. Both modes are free to use, but the Standard Mode requires registration and the logins. In a "Guest mode" (without registration) you can convert up to 15 images per hour. Registration will give you better ability to convert multipage PDF documents and other features.

OnlineOCR.net supports 46 recognition languages: English; Afrikaans; Albanian; Basque; Brazilian; Bulgarian; Byelorussian; Catalan; Chinese Simplified; Chinese Traditional; Croatian; Czech; Danish; Dutch; Esperanto; Estonian; Finnish; French; Galician; German; Greek; Hungarian; Icelandic; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Latin; Latvian; Lithuanian; Macedonian; Malay; Moldavian; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese; Romanian; Russian; Serbian; Slovak; Slovenian; Spanish; Swedish; Tagalog; Turkish; Ukrainian.

Supported input formats

Service can handle the following image formats:
* PDF (All types of PDF files including multi-page PDFs)
* TIF/TIFF (Multipage TIFFs supported)
* JPEG/JPG
* BMP
* PCX
* PNG
* GIF
* ZIP files containing the above types of files can also be uploaded.

Image quality is one of the most important factors that improve quality of recognition. A resolution of 200-400 DPI for input images is best for recognition.

Maximum input file size: 100 MB

Supported output formats

Service gives you the possibility to convert recognized text into 5 output formats:
* Adobe PDF document
* Microsoft Word document
* Microsoft Excel document
* RTF document
* Text Plain



Monday, September 14, 2015

What to Do, if you Need to use Website, but you do not want to Register there?


Indeed, there are numerous cases, when you visit website for a single dedicated visit, and you have no particular desire to spend time on registration and provide your personal information. Well, for the second purpose, you can always use the temporary email addresses, minimizing the amount of associated spam to your main address. However, you may still need to supply all the required data and wait for email confirmation in most cases.

There are some free website service, which might be handy, making such logins easier and faster. We are going to present three of such kind for your review. All the services are free to use.

1. BugMeNot

BugMeNot is an internet service that provides usernames and passwords to let Internet users bypass mandatory free registration on websites. Access and share logins for websites that require you to register in order to view content.


Just enter the website URL, and check if the community has shared any available logins you can use.


2. Login2

This service is made for you to save your time on registration for many sites. Just type the name of site for which you need to enter login and password and click «Get». if our first login doesn't work, please click button «Not working, show more» and other logins will be displayed from our dedicated servers, which could be correct.



3. Fakeaccount

Fakeaccount allows you to get access to multiple websites without signing up with personal accounts. Search for websites and use login and password of our anonymous fake accounts.




Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to Use your Printer to Print from Anywhere, and from Any Device?


Google Cloud Print is a new technology that connects your printers to the web. Using Google Cloud Print, you can make your home and work printers available to you and anyone you choose, from the applications you use every day. Google Cloud Print works on your phone, tablet, Chromebook, PC, and any other web-connected device you want to print from.

Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience can be received if you have a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.

Google Cloud Print allows you to share printers with friends, family, or coworkers as easily as you would share a Google Doc file - perfect for visiting guests looking to print a flight boarding pass. From the Google Cloud Print management page, it only takes a single click to share printers that you own with trusted individuals. You can also track print jobs on your shared printers, and modify or revoke sharing rights at any time.


How to activate cloud printing?

If you have a classic printer, follow the recommendations:
* Before connecting your classic printer, confirm if you have Google Chrome, installed on your PC.
* If you are using Windows XP, the Windows XP Operating System should be updated to Service Pack 3 (SP3).
* Open Google Chrome.
* In a new tab, open chrome://devices
* You will see a list of devices already registered with Google Cloud Print, and new devices available on the network.
* Under "Classic printers,” click Add printers.
* You will see a confirmation that Google Cloud Print has been enabled.

How to share your printer with other people?

Share your printer with specific people or a group by following these steps:
1.       Visit the Google Cloud Print management page
2.       On the left side, select Printers.
3.       Select the printer you want to share and click Share.
4.       In the dialog box that appears, enter the email address for the person or Google Group you want to share with.
o    If you want to share with a group of friends, set up a Google Group and invite them to be members.
o    If you change the default “Can print” to “Can manage,” they will be able to print, rename and share access to your printer.
5.       Click Share.

Once you have shared your printer, they will receive an email notification.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Wiggio - free, online toolkit for social group collaboration

Wiggio is an absolutely free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.


With Wiggio you can:
- Keep shared calendar (with text message reminders).
- Poll group in real-time.
- Send mass text messages.
- Store files in one common folder.
- Setup group conference call.
- Many others!

When you need to work in groups at school, Wiggio is the best FREE tool on the web to help you organize groups like:
- Academic project groups
- Clubs, organizations, committees
- Fraternities and sororities
- Housemates and dormmates
- TA sections
- Sports teams
- Musical and dance groups
- Great parties’ arrangements


Service Review by Lifehack

Signing Up

Signing up for Wiggio is standard. You have to set up an account and confirm by clicking on a link in an email. From there, you have two options. You can join an existing group or create a new group.

Beyond the standard request for an email address and a password, Wiggio also requests your cell phone number and your provider. While you do not have to provide that information, with it, Wiggio will send you text messages about posts and other activities happening in your groups. According to Wiggio’s policy, such information will be kept private. There is not a lot of information about their security measures available on their site, however. It is up to you whether you want to trust Wiggio with your phone number.

Creating a New Group

When you create a new group, it is very obvious that Wiggio started out as a way to organize groups at school. Beyond the choice of business, you can organize a group for your class, sorority, student government or a host of other student activities.

The Interface

* Wiggio’s interface is very simple — many clearly labeled buttons that less-than-internet-savvy group members can handle without much trouble. There are six main tools:

* Calendar — A simple shared calendar that allows you to manage group events. There is no easy way to add this calendar to whatever time management system you use, but you can set up an automatic email whenever a change is made to the calendar (or any other part of your group). Gmail seems to be able translate those emails into Google Calendar events without an issue.
* Folder — You can upload most file types to your Wiggio groups. Wiggio can even handle version tracking automatically. A group member can download the file, change it and re-upload it. He does not need to change the file name or anything for Wiggio to recognize it as a new version. Old versions are still available.
* Meeting — Wiggio offers two types of meetings for users: a chatroom and a conference call. For conference calls, Wiggio uses Rondee, a free conference call service. Wiggio will also host chats for your group.
* Poll — Not all collaboration applications offer any tools to help with decision making, but with Wiggio’s Poll system, you can matters to a vote in your group. You do not even need to track responses to get an answer.
* Messages — Through Wiggio, you can send messages to group members in three different ways: text message, email and voice note. You can also post notes on your group’s home page, but no guarantee that group members will log in and see them. I was a little concerned at first that the text message and voice mail options meant that the entire group would have access to my phone number, but all of that is handled internally.
* Links — The link tool is simply a place to paste in links so that your group has a shared set of bookmarks.

Wiggio’s tools aren’t anything new, but the way they’re put together make them very easy to work with. For those of us who wind up spending more time explaining to a group how to use collaboration software than working on our group project, Wiggio’s interface makes it very worthwhile. And while other sites offer more robust conferencing tools, Wiggio’s ability to keep up with group comments is a great option for those organizations not so dependent on teleconferencing.

There is definitely an assumption for Wiggio that group members are not going to be sitting at their desks all day, every day. If you have had problems keeping touch with those members of your group that seem to prioritize their social lives over group meetings, being able to send them text message reminders may prove invaluable.

If you are managing multiple groups, Wiggio’s interface does make the process easier. Recent updates to all your groups are shown on your homepage as icons showing which tool has been used. You can navigate directly to specific updates, rather than going through your groups to get to particular tool pages, and you can easily navigate between multiple groups. Adding new members to your groups is just as simple as knowing their email addresses, as well — they can easily be members of multiple groups with no fuss.

Wiggio was designed by a group of seniors at Cornell University who were tired of the variety of tools they had to use to keep their group projects running and systems that required techno-savvy to use. Rather than struggle with list-servs and long email lists, they put together one site that could do it all — and for all the different groups they participated in at school. The Wiggio team is clearly starting to branch out to other organizations, like small businesses and committees, as well. There is no cost to use Wiggio. The site uses advertisements to make money.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Audio Does Not Work After Windows 10 Upgrade - Resolved

If you have agreed for your Microsoft Operating System complementary upgrade to the Windows 10, you might already have recent opportunity to perform it.

And here is my personal experience.

The process of the system upgrade is simple, straightforward and fully automatic. You may start it immediately upon receiving the related invitation, or you may schedule it for later time, more suitable for the background processes to perform the task.

While I cannot say I have explored all the new features and capabilities, the original experience is quite positive, with almost no obvious issues and hiccups. I say almost, because the audio stopped working altogether.

Here is the sequence of my troubleshooting actions to restore the audio performance of my computer:

* Reconnected 3.5-mm audio cable for my speakers at the back of the computer. Negative effect.

* Connected speakers to the front connector to verify that the issue is not related to the particular connection. No changes.

* Connected headphones to assure that it is not particular issue with my elderly computer speakers. No sound with headphones as well.

* Connected USB headphones to check the sound card performance in general. Yes! After drivers update, the sound is present.

* All the previous steps point out on the possibility that the problem source is the outdated or corrupted Sound Drivers.

--- Accessed Device Manager through the Control Panel


--- Located Audio in Sound, Video, and Game Controllers Category.


--- With right mouse click brought context menu and selected Updated Driver Software… option. After the driver was updated successfully, the audio has been restored.

And what is your experience with the Windows 10 upgrade? 


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

How to Recognize Any Audio Clip in Matter of Seconds?

What is it?
AudioTag.info — is a free music-recognition service. It allows you to identify almost any unknown piece of music quickly and easily. Its use is very simple: you upload a short audio fragment (even 15 seconds are enough) or an entire song, the robot analyzes it and provides you with the information about the track title, artist name, album title, etc. Your audio fragment can be in almost any file format and of almost any quality (aurally recognizable, of course) — it can be an MP3 file downloaded from the Internet or a short recording made with your old tape recorder and stored as a low-quality .WAV-file.


Is it free?
Yes, the service is absolutely free.

How does it work?
This service is based on a sophisticated audio recognition algorithm combining advanced audio fingerprinting technology and a large songs' database. When you upload an audio file, it is being analyzed by an audio engine. During the analysis its audio “fingerprint” is extracted and identified by comparing it to the music database. At the completion of this recognition process, information about songs with their matching probabilities are displayed on screen.

What are the supported file formats?
You can upload your files in almost any file format and with any bit-rate. UncompressedADPCM and other waves (.WAV), MPEG-1 Layer III (.MP3), Ogg Vorbis (.OGG), FLACFlash Video (.FLV).AMR.MP4, and many more file formats are supported. 

Is the recognition reliable?
Yes, the recognition is reliable. Of course, erroneous recognition is possible, but its probability is low. The algorithm is designed so that it will rather not identify a song than show an incorrect result.

What is an optimal duration of uploaded audio fragments?
An optimal duration of an analyzed (uploaded) piece of an audio is 15-45 seconds. Shorter and longer audio files can be recognized as well. Generally, recognition process is performed as follows: uploaded file is sliced into portions of 15 seconds each; 1 to 3 music slices are chosen at random and analyzed one by one. Therefore, to save your time and bandwidth, it is recommended to upload relatively short audio fragments of 15 to 45 seconds.

Process
The recognition process consists of three simple steps:
1. Upload file or specify direct URL to audio file
2. Prove you are a human by answering a simple calculation task.
3. Get result.



Monday, June 22, 2015

Rotate video online, for free

You have made the perfect video, but it is upside down or sideways? Rotate your video and fix it in a matter of seconds. Just send us your video. You will have the opportunity to rotate it and download the result. It cannot be easier! This is not even the full story. Once your video is rotated, we help you post it to Facebook or YouTube. You choose.



Main Features

* Online video rotation: Why downloading some software when an online service is already here to do the job?
* Your choice if you prefer to rotate on the left, to the right, or flip it. Then you can make it a 16:9 video, if you like.
* Easy to use: Rotating the video is very easy. We present you the visual result, no need to think "90° clockwise".
* Share your rotated video: If you wanted to share your upside-down video, good news: we post it for you on Facebook and YouTube.
* Free.
* Secured: Your videos are private. They are deleted automatically from the server after a few hours.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2 Free Online Services for Instant Invoice Generation

There are many invoicing online services, and big chunk of them are free for the users with slightly crippled, or even full, functionality. However, they usually required account generation, some kind of data entry, and basic understanding of the site capability and functionality.

In this post, we will present two free online services, which do not require account generation, login, simple and straightforward, where you get professional one-page template you fill, like you would do in Excel. That would be handy, if you need to generate invoice fast, on the go, with no intention to keep it for records in the system.

1. Invoice At Once

Very nice, customizable, professionally looking and easy-to-operate template, with logo loading capability and configurable colors, fonts, and operational currency.



2. Tiny Invoice

Basic, very simplistic and clean, template with all necessary components.




Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to identify music in YouTube videos?


This week, I posted video of me dancing at the Dance Outside! Festival in Oakland and activated the video monetization option. Next day, I have been notified that the monetization has been canceled because the author copyrighted the audio, played as the music background. Wow, I thought! In spite of the relatively low audio quality, the embedded YouTube algorithm has allowed to recognize the audio composition and get all the associated information.

To my surprise, I have discovered that there is freely available online service, allowing you to do the same. The only purpose of MooMash is to identify music, used as background, in YouTube videos.

The process is simple and straightforward:
* Paste a YouTube link.
* Click the "moo" button.
* Wait for identification.

Depending on how long the video is and how many videos are currently being analyzed, it can take a couple of seconds or up to 15 minutes for the team of highly trained cows to go through the video and compare its sound to the 7 million songs they memorized. In my case, the identification process took no more than 20 seconds.


As added bonus, you get advice on any similar identified videos that may interest you, which might be quite handy if you found music clip you like, and you want to check other songs from the same group or composer.

The service is free, fast, and does not require membership or registration.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

FileZigZag – Free Online File Conversion Service


There are some actions, which we may need to perform just occasionally on our computers. If that is a case, there may not be much value to install the dedicated software, if there are real and productive opportunities of using the free online services, reaching the same goals. One of the examples of such activities may be the file format conversion. And FileZigZag may be a good solution.


FileZigZag is a Free Online File Conversion, Free Cloud Storage and file sharing services that enables you to securely share and access files online without download any software.

FileZigZag supports different conversions - Video Converter, Audio Converter, Image Converter, Documents Converter, Archive Converter and many formats.

The service is free, fast, easy, and efficient. What else you may need!

Popular Conversions
DOC to PDF | Word to PDF | MP4 to AVI | MP4 to MP3 | WAV to MP3 | WMA to MP3 | FLV to MP4 | AVI to MP4 | AVI to MP4 | FLV to AVI | DOCX to PDF | MOV to AVI | PNG to JPG | AIFF to MP3 | JPG to PNG | MOV to FLV | SWF to WAV | ZIP to TAR | RAR to ZIP | PDF to Word

The complete list of the supported formats is very long, covering most of the files extensions you can think of.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sidekick for Gmail: Enhance your Email Experience

Gmail is great!!! But some developers believe it can be better. And these developers create new plugins, adds-ons, and browser extensions to serve the particular gaps they believe exist in the Google Email service offerings.

Sidekick by HubSpot provides the advanced capabilities, offering powerful contact insight right in your inbox:
* See a person's title, company, social profiles, and recent tweets.
* See recent conversations, email opens/clicks, and other email activity


You can also see easily, who opens and clicks on your emails, giving you the instant feedback you may be looking for:
* Never be stuck wondering. Instantly know when your email was opened.
* See where, when, and how many times they opened/clicked.


With this powerful extension, you can schedule emails to be sent later:
* Schedule emails to be sent in the future.
* Create recurring emails to be dispatched later.

Extension works with…
- Gmail
- Outlook, Outlook.com
- Apple Mail
- Salesforce
- Hubspot

Developers’ website: http://www.getsidekick.com/

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Milouz Market to get easily and keep updated your installed software

For the readers, who like the idea, presented in the previous post for Ninite service, but look for alternative service, here is one more descent option. It is called Milouz Market.

Milouz Market is a free software manager for Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bits. It allows downloading and installing automatically a list of famous piece of software (more than 200 titles are available). Thanks a functioning community, it also warns if an update is available.

After you have installed the application and flaunched it up for the first time, it runs a scan automatically and displays its findings afterwards in the program interface.

Main Features:
* Detecting installed versions on your computer
* Downloading, installation and update in only ONE click
* Possibility to put in queue several actions
* Silent install without installing advertising program and other toolbars
* Control your updates from the web with an account (optional)
* Select your update channel (Release/Beta/Alpha)
* Save you Internet bandwidth thanks to a communication between your computers in the same local network
* Schedule updates for an automatic execution.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

How to Install and Update All Your Programs at Once with Ninite


Online service Ninite allows you to install numerous free applications at once, with just a few clicks. It is free for personal use, elegantly presented, and easy to follow-up.

Go to Ninite.com and start ticking checkboxes for any free applications, you want to install on your computer. The catalog is rich, and includes not just the all-time favorites such as Google Chrome and VLC, but also less-known utilities like the Greenshot screen capture utility and CutePDF, a quality PDF printer.

List of the included utilities:





Once you are done checking all of the boxes for the applications you would like to install, click the big Get Installer button at the bottom of the page. Your computer will then download a tiny installer, customized according to your software choices. Run it, click "Yes" when Windows asks for Administrative permissions, and leave your computer for automatic installation / upgrade for all the utilities you have selected. Ninite asks no questions while running, and does not force you to click Next-Next-Next, agree to any EULAs, or to do anything else during the installation progress.

Ninite will:

* Start working as soon as you run it
* Not bother you with any choices or options
* install apps in their default location
* say no to toolbars or extra junk
* install 64-bit apps on 64-bit machines
* install apps in your PC's language or one you choose
* do all its work in the background
* install the latest stable version of an app
* skip up-to-date apps
* skip any reboot requests from installers
* use your proxy settings from Internet Explorer
* download apps from each publisher's official site
* verify digital signatures or hashes before running anything
* work best if you turn off any web filters or firewalls
* save you a lot of time!



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

4 Free Services to Send Internet Fax


Current technology trends are not in favor of faxing. However, there are certain organizations, where faxing is still considered as one of the mainstream approaches for documents exchange. While you may not need to buy a dedicated fax machine for these occasional needs, here we are going to present several free Internet services to send faxes:

1. GotFreeFax

GotFreeFax allowis you to send two free faxes daily to the USA or Canada, with a three page per fax maximum. No ads or branding appears on the cover page. GotFreeFax supports PDF, Microsoft Word, and JPG file formats as attachments.


2. PopFax

You can input a brief text message, or upload a document from your hard drive. Multiples formats are supported: PDF, Word, numerous image formats. Per legal request, they verify your ID by sending you an SMS with a code that will be asked from you before sending a free fax, so you will be requested to provide mobile phone number for validation.


3. FaxFree

Free online service with simplistic interface, allowing uploading the file to be transmitted as a fax. Acceptable file formats: Image Files (TIFF, GIF, PNG, JPEG), PDF, Office files (DOC, XLS, PPT), and other popular formats.


4. FaxZero

Send faxes for free to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada with the following limitations: FaxZero branding on the cover page; maximum three pages + cover; max five free faxes per day. Upload DOC, DOCX, or PDF files with option to attach multiple files to a single transaction.





Thursday, March 12, 2015

3 Free and Useful Web Services for Students


It might be challenging for students, especially for freshmen, to study effectively and have time for fun. In this post, we will propose some recommendations and will offer several useful free services.

How to Study Effectively

* Make a time schedule. A schedule lets you pick the best times to study, work, and play. It puts you in charge of your time. Buy or make a weekly planning guide and use it to schedule key events, assignments, and deadlines. Keep it with you and try to stick to it. Soon planning your time will become automatic.
* Prioritize. It can be difficult to remember everything you need to accomplish. Keep a list of things to do and write down all of your tasks, including study and class projects. Beside each task write a letter or number indicating its priority. "A" priorities need immediate attention and are important, "B" priorities are important but not urgent, and "C" priorities are not important nor urgent and can wait. Work on "A" priorities first, and then move to "B".
* Study each day at the same time and place. Consistency forms a habit. In keeping the same time and place for studying, you can eliminate many distractions and lost time. Study in a place where you can stay focused.
* Plan to study just prior to and immediately after class. The best time to retain information is while the notes are fresh in your mind. Try to study prior to a discussion period and right after a lecture. Doing so will help you remember important concepts and organize what you have just learned.
* Plan study time throughout the day according to your ability to concentrate. You have points throughout the day when you are at your peak. Be aware of those times and schedule "A" priorities and difficult tasks or studying during your peak hours. Schedule less demanding tasks during your low energy periods.
* Set goals for each study period. Sit down to study with an agenda of what you want to accomplish. Completing a task will give you momentum to accomplish more.
* Take advantage of "waiting time" to review. Ten-minute segments add up and can be helpful. Carry review cards or a book with you to study between classes, while waiting for an appointment or a friend, etc.
* Don't wait until you are in the mood to study. You may never be in the mood and you will lose precious time while waiting for the mood to strike. Discipline yourself to stick to your study schedule; it will keep you from having to cram during exam time.
* Plan time for fun. Schedule time each day or week to do things that recharge your creative batteries or help put your life in perspective. You can decrease stress and achieve a nice balance between work and play, when you have planned enough time for both.


Useful Free Services

Helium

Helium allows you to ditch the physical planner and take control of your schoolwork.

Main Features:
* Coordinated Calendars. Easily organize and color-coordinate your schedule and schoolwork, capture details about every assignment, and plan your study schedule.
* Schedule at a Glance. Categorize your assignments, set up grading scales, and enter details about teachers, room location, schedules, credits, and more!
* Grade Analysis. Constantly up-to-date details about your grades in every class, a breakdown of your progress, and insight into which classes you are acing and what could use improvement.
* Assignment Details. Enter due date and textbook details, add notes to remember later, set a priority level, and record grades when complete.
* Materials Organizer. Maintain a list and details of the supplies, books, technology, and equipment you will need to pick up to be ready for class each semester and each day.
* Filtered Lists. Sort assignments by class, priority level, due date, materials needed, etc. for an easy way to structure your study time and plan your approach to mastering your courses.




Assign It App

Assign It App is a web service that helps you keep track of assignments and courses. It allows you to enter in assignments and keep track of when they are do.




StudentBook

StudentBook is a web application designed for students of any kind of school. It helps to manage easily homework, exams dates and grades of individual subjects.

Main Features:
* Organize your tasks. It helps you to organize homework and learning for exams. Now you will never forget anything. You can tick selected tasks and old items will disappear automatically.
* Share with classmates. Once you have created timetable, homework or exams, you can instantly share it with your classmates. Invite all of your class to StudentBook and everyone will know, which homework are on tomorrow.
* Get your average grades. Fill in your grades and get weighted average. You will have an overview about the final grade you will get at the end of year.





Monday, March 9, 2015

How to trick your friends with fake SMS conversation?


If you need to present a fake proof in a form of the mobile phone screenshot with particular conversation, you can use free SMS Generator! Web-based utility from Classtools.

Using it is simple. You are presented with the mobile phone screen, where you can initiate dialog, using the related icons at the bottom. You can use these icons to create a chat, written by you, between two historical of fictional characters.

You have additional options to modify and save your work. You can drag and drop, edit and delete your entries by hovering over them.

You can save your work for future changes.

After saving, you will also be able to get a QR code or embed the chat into your blog or webpage.

Example:





As you are already on the page, take couple of minutes to explore other fun mini-services offered by Classtools: http://www.classtools.net/


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fav2Go - Your Favorites in the Cloud


Today, you may have multiple computers and smart electronic devices, and having your favorites and bookmarks somewhere online for safety and sharing purposes, is more important than ever

Fav2go.com - is a platform that allows you to personalize your own homepage with your own favorites on the web. Innovative architecture, impressing user interface and powerful features provide you the best product for working with just clicks and moves. You do not need to care about things you do not need to care about! All the data is stored in a cloud, available from any place, any device and anytime, just sign-in and use it. Features like sharing allow you to work with your colleagues, friends or co-workers on same projects, or even being updated about everything on the web.

Main Features

* Access your favorites from any browser, device and operation system.
* All your data is synced and stored on a cloud. Access your data from home, work and even while traveling!
* Working on the same project? Have the same interests? - Share groups of favorites with your friends and co-workers.
* Be informed about new websites at the area of your interests or expertise.
* Search favorites faster & smarter
* Just moves and clicks. The interface is built to be efficient, clean, powerful and easy to work with.
* Registration is fast and simple. All you need to provide is email address and create password. No other private information is reuired.




Sunday, February 15, 2015

Instant, Easy, and Fast Files Sharing with WeeWee

The online market has everything already. But, everyday, the new services are appearing on the scene. Only those, which are new, fresh, and outstanding, are there to stay. New service, WeeWee, has all chances to become a winner.

WeeWee service has been developed to offer good, free, and reliable solution for the file sharing.

Main Features:
* Minimalistic, easy-to-understand, and easy-to use interface.
* Fast and reliable data uploading.
* Transfer any file extension and any file size to anyone... with a simple click.
* You can control, how long the data will be available on the server before it will be deleted. It may be an hour, a day, a week, a month, or never expired (set as default).
* Service is free, and no registration is required for data uploading or downloading.
* You get a short link in format http://weew.ee/xxxxxxxxx, which you can share with recipients, tweet, or upload to Facebook directly.


Website: http://weew.ee/


Monday, January 26, 2015

4 Free Services to Test your Internet Speed


Are you having issues with loading web pages or downloading the movies? Do you want to ensure that the Internet speed you are paying for to your provider is indeed is in the range of the proposed service plan? Perform the test. It takes just couple of minutes to do so.

Measuring download and upload speed does not require any software to be installed in your PC. It is simply a matter of transferring a small, non-executable data file from the test server to your PC, and then moving the file back to the server from your PC. That is all that is needed to be done.

Ping measures how fast you get a response back from the test server. The lower the number is the better. If you play online multiplayer games, you will want less than 100 milliseconds. As for uploading and downloading, measurements are given in bits per second. Higher numbers are better. Download speeds will typically be much faster than upload speeds.

You can compare these numbers against the speeds that your Internet service provider promises you. Be sure to run multiple tests over several days at different times. This will give you on overall picture of your connection speed. You also might find specific periods that it is slow.

Before you test your speed, close any other browser tabs. Also, stop any downloads you may have in progress.

Here are the sites you can use:

1.       Your provider site (in my case, it is Comcast).



2.       SpeedTest

Ookla Speedtest service is probably the most popular among competitors, having Over 5 million tests per day and covering more than 2,500 servers worldwide. Actually, Comcast using Ookla service as well.



3.       BandwithPlace



4.       Netmeter




Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Repair your Freezing Kindle Paperwhite?


Possible Causes

Kindles typically freeze because the processor load becomes more than the device's limited memory and processing power can handle. This most commonly occurs during periods of high use or when trying to access websites using the Kindle's wireless capabilities. If the device freezes during a time when it is not being used it may be because of reduced power to the processor due to the Kindle's battery being low or outdated firmware that does not fully support the features being used.


Kindle Restart

If your Kindle Paperwhite stops behaving in its usual speedy fashion or freezes, you can typically resolve the problem by doing a menu restart or a hard restart.

Begin by performing a menu restart your Kindle Paperwhite:

* Tap Menu→Settings.
* Tap Menu→Restart (Restart is the third item on the drop-down menu that appears.)

Your Kindle Paperwhite displays the start-up screen and a progress bar. After a minute or so, the device restarts and displays the Home screen.

If the menu restart does not resolve the problem, try a hard restart:

* Press and hold down the power button for 45 seconds (7-15 seconds for a second-generation Kindle Paperwhite).
* The screen goes blank.
* Press the power button again — just a simple press as if you were taking your Kindle Paperwhite out of sleep mode.
* The start-up screen appears with a silhouetted child reading under a tree. In a few seconds, the device begins the restart process and displays a progress bar. When that restart is complete, you see the Home screen.

Sometimes a low battery can be the cause of unexpected Kindle Paperwhite behavior. If you continue to have problems, plug in your device to let it charge for at least an hour and then try a menu restart again, followed by a hard restart if necessary.

Firmware Updates

One way to prevent problems with a Kindle freezing up is to make sure that your Kindle device has the latest firmware version installed. Firmware updates are software installations that upgrade the way that the device itself works, fixing problems and introducing new functions.

If an update is available, your Kindle Paperwhite will download it when you turn on the wireless and connect to a network. If you notice a screen that says Your Kindle Is Updating, this is what is happening.

If you are curious as to whether a more current update is available, you can check at Amazon:
* Go to your Amazon account by typing www.amazon.com/myk and log in.
* In the left column, choose Manage Your Devices.
* If a software update is available for your Kindle Paperwhite, a blue i in a white circle will be displayed.
* If you see the i in a circle, click the picture of the Kindle and follow the onscreen instructions to learn more.
* If updates are available, you'll see instructions for determining whether you need to upgrade the firmware and, if so, how to download and manually update your Kindle Paperwhite, if you want.

Note that you do not have to update your Kindle Paperwhite manually, unless you have a problem and you consider firmware upgrades as the way to refresh the program. Necessary updates happen automatically through the wireless connection. Just be aware that if the screen looks different or if you find new features, the device probably went through an automatic update.

Kindle Reset

If all other methods fail, and you have exhausted troubleshooting the issue, you can reset your Kindle Paperwhite back to factory specifications.

Resetting your Kindle Paperwhite should be a last-resort step. Consider calling Amazon Kindle customer service before undertaking a factory reset on your own. The direct toll-free number for Kindle customer service is 1-866-321-8851. Customers outside the United States should call 1-206-266-0927.

To reset your Kindle Paperwhite to its original out-of-the-box state, follow these steps:
* Tap Menu→Settings.
* Tap Menu→Reset Device.
* When you see the warning, tap Yes.

Your Kindle Paperwhite resets. You have to re-register the device with Amazon and download your Kindle e-books and other content from the Cloud at your Amazon account. You also need to retransfer any personal documents that you have loaded on your Kindle Paperwhite from your computer.


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